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Homeowners Cash In On Idaho Solar Net Metering Program

Early adopters always get the greatest benefits of solar powering their homes. As state utility companies change their rules, existing solar customers are “grand-fathered” with their existing solar credit program, while brand new solar customers receive a new Net Energy Metering program (usually less beneficial to customer). Idaho Power serves …

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Idaho Power Seeks Changes for Solar Customer Compensation

Traditional state utility companies are scrambling to address rising Infrastructure and maintenance costs. Its an old system and cannot even compete with the simplicity, effectiveness and lower costs of distributed energy systems (solar, wind…etc). By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Power said Thursday it wants permission …

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Research Findings: Does Solar Increase Your Home Value?

This is a very interesting study because it illuminates the value solar adds to home prices. This is above and beyond the actual savings from the solar system itself, based on unpredictable utility rates. A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs shows that residential photovoltaic energy systems in California …

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PG&E Rate Confusion: Most Customers do not Understand their Bill (Video)

If you find yourself confused by how you pay for energy, you are not alone. It has become increasingly difficult to understand the “new” PG&E rate plans and how you are actually charged for energy every month. Peninsula resident Marsha Townsend told KPIX 5 the letter came as a surprise. …

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Sunrun Beats Wall Street Projections and Gains Market Share

Choosing a solar company with a sound business model, sustainable growth, trusted partners, clear vision and a solid track record will always be more beneficial to the customer than simply comparing panels and inverters… Sales grew 69 percent in the second quarter for one of the largest residential solar fleets. …

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First California utility hits net metering cap: Impact on New Solar Customers?

PG&E in Northern California is in line to be the next to hit the 5% cap…. It was only a matter of time before SDG&E hit the cap after sounding the alarm a year ago that net metering applications were piling up fast. How will PG&E customers be impacted? PG&E rate payers …

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Solar Battery Storage: Sonnen cuts battery system cost by 40%-A new era in home solar

These Batteries are ushering in a new era for home energy storage-as these batteries become cost-effective to homeowners, they will start integrating them into their home solar systems, and become less dependent on the current monopoly-based dirty energy. German battery maker Sonnen has introduced a compact battery designed for residential use …

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California Utilities: How your Electricity Rates are Changing

We are in the midst of the greatest utility rate structure change over the last 15 years! If you get electricity from Southern California Edison, you’ll probably pay more starting Wednesday — and bigger rate changes are on the horizon for all California utilities. Wednesday’s rate hike stems from a controversial decision by …

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Tesla’s Plan to Buy SolarCity Leaves many Questions

More change to come for SolarCity & Tesla-this company’s individual parts are doing some amazing things on their own, but just imagine how such a big company would handle integration into one company After Tesla’s announcement on Tuesday of a $2.8 billion offer to acquire SolarCity, Tesla’s stock was down …

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California Solar Subsidies: Understanding Solar Incentives

Incentives continue to evolve and change with the industry California is ground zero for solar energy in the United States. So, it seems logical to start our state-level solar energy deep dives here. In the article below, I’ll provide as thorough a look at California solar incentives + solar installers …

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Unlikely Alliance Between Utility and Solar Companies in New York

Utilities now complain that those payments are too high and they effectively pay solar customers higher retail prices for power they could purchase from conventional sources at a much lower wholesale price. The compromise plan would reduce the payments but also place a value on the environmental benefits of solar …

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California Utility to hit NEM Cap Soon: The New NEM 2.0

SDG&E is the first to hit cap, followed by PG&E (NorCal) and finally SCE (SoCal) Therefore, it will be the first utility in California to enter NEM 2.0 territory, which kicks in after the 5% penetration mark is reached. This means that new, more expensive rules will come into effect …

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Sonoma Clean Power: PG&E Exit Fees-What’s Ahead?

What’s in Store for Community Choice and Sonoma Clean Power? PG&E wants to double exit charge on customers who opt for Community Choice. Fee increases would also apply to Sonoma Clean Power and Marin Clean Energy. Today, PUC president Michael Picker presides over a commission poised to eiNearly 90 percent …

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